Registry won’t have to block many names per TLD, but some of them are good ones.
Yesterday ICANN issued the “Alternate Path to Delegation” reports for nine of Donuts’ English language top level domain names.
If Donuts chooses to take the alternate path option to speed up delegation of these nine domain names, it will have to initially block anywhere from 194 to 5,184 second level domains. It may be able to unblock many of these after receiving a mitigation plan.
These numbers may be lower than expected, but the top level strings we’re talking about here are not the ones you’d expect to have large numbers of queries. Here are the numbers:
Even for domains like .voyage that have thousands of strings to block, most of them are unlikely to be registered in the first place. Although ICANN tried to filter out random 10 character strings that appear to by automatically generated by Chrome, 236 of the .voyage strings are 10 characters. Most of them look quite random (.wbrlmegjto) to me. All letters of the alphabet are also on the list,
but registries aren’t allowed to allocate single letter domains at first anyway. (Update: One letter SLDs are allowed. I was thinking about two letter ones. There are plenty of those on the name collision list as well.) Hundreds are two letter domains that also can’t be allocated.
That said, some of the strings on the initial block list are likely to be key domains for the TLDs. For example, .singles will initially have to block adult.singles, black.singles, and even brands such as eHarmony.singles. Boys.clothing, camisole.clothing, womens.clothing, and thrift.clothing will also be blocked.